Author J.K. Rowling may have made a name for herself with the internationally-acclaimed Harry Potter series, but no one could ever accuse her of being a one-hit wonder. Yes, she may have made a habit of revisiting the Wizarding World on several occasions — writing short stories, textbooks, and now feature films set in the universe she created — but she’s also gone on to write an incredibly popular mystery novel series entitled Cormoran Strike.
If you’ll recall, a few years back, some time after the lukewarm release of Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, a novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling from an unknown author named Robert Galbraith hit the shelves. Sales were modest, albeit still successful, but the book received rave reviews from critics, who largely praised its authenticity and confident storytelling. A few months after its release, it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was, in fact, J.K. Rowling herself, writing under a pseudonym, in hopes of getting the book judged on its own merits.
The novel was a success, and Rowling went on to pen two more novels — The Silkworm and Career of Evil — and there’s even one more on the way in 2017. Mystery novels are notoriously primed for adaptation, and this series is no exception.
Now, according to Deadline, HBO and BBC — who worked together on adapting The Casual Vacancy — are re-teaming to bring the Cormoran Strike series to life through three separate event series.
The first series will chronicle the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and will have a three-hour runtime. The Silkworm and Career of Evil will make up the second and third series, respectively, and will each run two hours.
This isn’t the first we heard of a Cormoran Strike series. Last month, it was announced that The Musketeers and War & Peace actor Tom Burke would be playing the titular Cormoran Strike, a war vet turned private detective with a bum leg and a case of PTSD. Like any good detective story, each series will have him solving a case that has all but eluded the actual police.
Filming is set to begin this fall in London.
I, for one, am thrilled to hear about this. I’m a huge an of J.K. Rowling and of this novel series, and as such, am excited to see how this is realized. Another cool thing of note is that this pretty much puts the final check mark in J.K. Rowling’s novels. As soon as the shows are done airing, we’ll have seen every one of her series get adapted. It’s quite the career she’s made for herself, and it’s all the more rewarding that it’s all in service of genuinely good writing as well.
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